I have gone through a lot of lists getting ready for the Standish Standoff this November at my FLGS. My biggest problem has ultimately been that I like making lists. Making lists is just part of the hobby for me. Every week I play 40K I play a different list. The core often remains the same but the rest is altered based on what I feel like doing that week. My list ADD has made it tough to decide on a list and I have needed to decide so I can get the right units/models painted up in time.
This past Saturday I played in a 1,750 tournament, which is the size for the Standish Standoff. It was the perfect opportunity to do some play testing and I had drafted up a list a few days prior. The list changes were the result of my previous three games and what I learned I needed from those games.
The list I’m talking about is this one: http://cmdctr.net/lists/disciples-of-twilight-1-750-ss13/. In the comp system being used I’ll take a 10pt hit for two flying monstrous creatures, otherwise there’s no other penalties for the list. This is something I kept struggling with in making a list, the comp score. In all the previous tournaments like this I’ve run perfect comp. I do well on sportsmanship and painting so I end up with solid soft scores but generally get smoked on the tables and those soft scores don’t close the gap enough to matter. My thought with this list is I take a 10pt hit out of the gate but should, hopefully, make it up on the tables and have a better standing at the end of the day than I have in the past. Sometimes you have to try something different.
As for the list, the intent I believe is obvious; get in someone’s face fast with enough stuff that they can’t kill it all. My previous lists had fast elements but not with enough saturation to work reliably. I decided to pull out my fire support elements so I could invest more in speed saturation. Basically, do one thing well instead of diversifying. This will undoubtedly leave me with some really tough match-ups but also some match-ups where this shines. As an aside, I enjoy the list. I absolutely love Daemon Princes and big guys in general for Chaos. It’s those models that first drew me to Chaos and epitomize Chaos for me. So, even with a bad match-up where the list struggles I’ll still have fun because I enjoy the list. I’d so much rather take this avenue than run a list I don’t care about just because it’s more competitive.
To bring this back around, on Saturday the list did well. My first game was a pretty crushing defeat against Space Marines. I had a good start but things crumbled on me fast. I think I could have pulled out something close to a draw, or at least closed the gap a bit, but time was not on our side this game and the clock ran out after turn #3. My next game was the reverse of the prior with me taking a solid victory. This put me about the middle of the pack and my last game against the person in first place at the time. I then won the last game and at the end of the day took 2nd place.
Really the only reason I pulled off 2nd place after getting so few points the first game was the small attendance we had. With such a small pool of players it was easier to come off a big loss and move up because with so few players and not repeating match-ups it made for some unusual pairings. It was nice to take 2nd place, don’t get me wrong, but I was more interested in how my list did, less my placement. Even had I not placed I would still have been pleased with my list. Going 2-1 for the day is better than I’ve done in a while, months honestly. My big take-away from the day was finally having a list I enjoyed and performed well and now it’s on to finishing it on the hobby-front.